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Barnali Choudhury: 0000-0002-5762-2957

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Actors in international law are presumed to be states. Yet in the international economic law arena, the corporation is one of the most prominent non-state actors. Indeed, in some instances, the corporation may even be more influential than the state in some arenas of international economic law. This short piece examines three instances of this influence. First, it looks at the role of corporations in law-making; second, it examines corporations’ role in monitoring and compliance; and, third, it explores corporations’ legal personality in international economic law. Finding corporations’ immense influence on law-making and monitoring and compliance, combined with a robust legal personality, this piece concludes that not only are corporations actors in international economic law, but they are also part of the framework of global governance in the area.


"Note: An edited and peer-reviewed version of this piece is forthcoming in the Encyclopedia of International Economic Law (Edward Elgar, 2024)"